April 20, 2012

You know campaign season has begun in earnest

... because the most preposterous charges of "racism" have begun to pop up re: the Romney campaign. Like Tommy Christopher over at Mediaite:

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out a new accessory at a speech in Ohio today, delivering his remarks in front of a black banner that said “Obama Isn’t Working”

Now, stop right there. What's the first thing that comes into your mind upon reading that slogan? Probably what popped into mine: The Obama administration has been a failure. But Christopher thinks differently:

... which is also the name of a website his campaign set up several months ago (in case you didn’t get the message from the banner, it was also on the front of Romney’s podium).

The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.

When I first saw the banner this afternoon, the multiple meanings were clear: President Obama‘s policies aren’t working, the Obama presidency isn’t working, President Obama…isn’t working, as in, doing any work. That’s not a nice thing to say about any president, but like it or not, it becomes a more loaded accusation when leveled at our first black president.

To which The Corner's Charles C.W. Cooke notes:

What actually is racist is for someone to look at a pretty standard campaign slogan, notice that it triggered racist thoughts within them, and then project those thoughts onto somebody else before publicly impugning their motives. It wasnt Mitt Romney who considered there to be a link between the banner and an ugly stereotype, it was Tommy Christopher.

Yep.


Posted by Hube at April 20, 2012 05:49 PM | TrackBack

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